Youth Fishing Derbies

March 2015 event was in memory of T.J. Vail (1963-2015)

Current flyer will be posted one month prior to the next event date.
View the latest fishing derby results and documents!

View September, 2016 derby photos at this link!

Event Properties

  • Open to all boys and girls ages 5-15
  • 2018 is our 22nd year of fishing derbies!
  • Program dates:
    • Spring 2019 date:  to be announced
    • Fall 2018 date:  December 1
  • Derby location: 1500 South Park Road
    From South Park Road, turn onto Gordon Food Service Drive (formerly Albertson Drive), just behind the Randy L. Larson Softball Four-Plex
  • Pre-registration is preferred during the 3 weeks prior to the Derby, ending on the Thursday prior to the Derby.
  • Online registration form will be available during the 3 weeks prior to the Derby, ending at 5:00 pm on the Thursday prior to the Derby.
  • An information flyer will be posted 3 weeks prior to the Derby at the above results and documents link.
  • You will be able to download the flyer and return by fax/scan and email or postal mail or hand deliver (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at:
    Deborah Haldane
    Recreation and Parks administration office
    1904 South Park Road
    Plant City FL 33563-8113
    Phone: 813-659-4200, ext. 4302
    Fax 813-757-9220
  • You can also register on site (at the Derby site only) the morning of the Derby from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
  • Competition is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Awards in several categories will be handed out at 10:45 a.m.
  • Anglers must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Bring your own pole and bait - any kind of pole and bait is acceptable - and also bring a 5-gallon bucket to keep your fish alive and to make transport to the weigh station easier!
  • Event is free, thanks to our sponsors!
  • This is a catch and release event. There are at least 9 species in the pond include bass, catfish, mudfish, speckled perch, blue gill and others.
  • For more information, contact our office by email or call us at 813-659-4255.

Kid's Fishing Derby Records

Record Results
Most participants ever 251 (January 2006)
Second most participants ever 191 (January 1999)
Least participants ever (stormy weather) 40 (July 2002)
Record highest number of fish caught in a derby 420 (January 1998)
Record lowest number of fish caught in a derby (cold!) 4 (January, 2010)
Most fish caught by one person 107 (July 1999)
Biggest fish ever 6 lb 8 oz mudfish (March 2014)
Biggest bass ever 5lb 2 oz (March 2013)
Biggest catfish ever 5 lb 6 oz (June 2007)
Biggest mudfish ever 6 lb 8 oz (March 2014)
Biggest nile perch/Tilapia ever 5 lb (July 2005)